This isn’t a political blog, and I have no intention of turning it into one. But I simply can’t sit on my hands anymore.
For my fellow Republicans who are smitten with Donald Trump, I must ask:
Why, why, why????
Why are we letting a man who was, until very recently, a Democrat run away with our party’s nomination? Yes, yes. I know the argument that Ronald Reagan’s opinions changed too, but there is no comparison. Reagan evolved over time and didn’t waffle back and forth. Trump evolved 6-12 months ago on many issues (conveniently about the time he decided to run for president) and lately his opinions seem to evolve on a near daily basis. What’s to say they won’t “evolve” again once he’s in office?
Why are we letting a man who can’t answer a straight question about anything run away with our party’s nomination? Seriously. Every answer is some muddy, vague declaration that we’ll get the best people to do the work, we’ll cut the waste and fraud and we’ll win again. And when asked for specifics, he just repeats the same thing, often to thunderous applause. Huh?
Why are we letting a man who can’t be bothered to get the facts right run away with our party’s nomination? Time and time again, Trump as shown he lacks even rudimentary knowledge of the issues. He thinks Common Core is run by the feds; he doesn’t understand the effect of tariffs on retail prices; he believe illegal immigrants get welfare. That’s probably why he can’t answer a straight question. And when confronted by the truth, he brushes it off because, clearly, he can’t be bothered with reality.
A vote for Donald Trump is a vote for a giant question mark.
The fact is we don’t know how Donald Trump will serve as president…because he has given us zero specifics. Do we really want to take that leap into the abyss and hope for the best? I’m no fan of Ted Cruz, but at least with him, we know what we’re getting. Donald Trump is a wild card, and my friends, when we’re talking about a man who’ll be negotiating with leaders who have nuclear capabilities, that’s not a good thing.
Are we going to hand over the problems of fixing the national debt, Social Security and Medicare to someone who either can’t do simple math or who can’t be bothered to care that the numbers don’t add up? You may not love Marco Rubio’s plan to raise the Social Security eligibility age for Gen X’ers and Millennials, but it sure beats what Trump has laid out (namely: nothing). I’d rather work until I’m 68 and get Social Security benefits (the Rubio plan) rather than work until I’m 68 and get zilch (seems to be the Tump plan).
Donald Trump doesn’t want to make America Great Again. He wants to make Donald Trump Great Again.
Many Trump fans point to the fact that he is already rich and successful so, obviously, he has nothing to gain from running for president. In their view, he is certainly running from the goodness of his heart.
You don’t need to know him personally to see that Trump as an ego the size of Texas. He isn’t running because of patriotism or benevolence. He’s running because it gives him another feather in his cap. After all the money and fame he’s accumulated over the years, what more could he possibly want? Leader of the free world sounds like a good way to cap off the resume, don’t you think?
So my fellow Republicans, you are being played.
You are being manipulated by a man who’s never been on your side before.
You are being manipulated by a man who openly admits to playing the system – giving out big donations in exchange for political favors.
You are being manipulated by a man who doesn’t really have a stake in making America Great Again. He and his family are rich. If he messes up while in office, the people he loves won’t pay the price; we will.
I know I will never sway diehard Trump fans, but if you’re on the fence, please, please jump off. Come down on the side of rational people who are voting with their heads. Don’t be fooled by this showman’s rhetoric.
For the record, I haven’t been firmly in anyone’s camp during this election, and I voted for John Kasich in my primary since I thought he had the best shot of overcoming Trump in Michigan.
There you have it. Flame away, Trump fans, flame away…